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Godsmack Biography


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Birth Place: Lawrence, Massachusetts, United States
Years Active: 1995–present
Genres: Heavy Metal, Alternative Metal, Hard Rock, Post-grunge


Godsmack is an American heavy metal band from Lawrence, Massachusetts, formed in 1995. The band is composed of founder, frontman and songwriter Sully Erna, guitarist Tony Rombola, bassist Robbie Merrill, and drummer Shannon Larkin.

In 1998, Godsmack released their self-titled debut album, a re-recording of their “All Wound Up” demo. The album was distributed by Universal/Republic Records and shipped five million copies in the United States. It peaked at #22 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and featured the singles, "Whatever," “Keep Away," "Voodoo" and "Bad Religion" which all reached the Top 40 of the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. It was later certified 4× platinum by the RIAA.

In 2001, the band contributed the song "Why" to the “Any Given Sunday” soundtrack.

After two years of touring, the band released “Awake” in 2000. “Awake” debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 and featured the singles, "Awake," "Bad Magick" and “Greed” which all placed within the Top 3 of the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, with the title track reaching #1. The album was certified 2× platinum and its instrumental track "Vampires" earned the band its first Grammy nomination.

The band's third album, 2003’s “Faceless,” debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. "I Stand Alone" was another #1 hit on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and "Straight Out of Line" became their first entry on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. "Straight Out of Line" also received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance.

In 2004, Godsmack released an acoustic-based EP titled “The Other Side.” The EP debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold by the RIAA.

The band released its fourth studio album, “IV,” in 2006. “IV” was the band's second release to debut at #1, and has since been certified gold. "Speak," "Shine Down" and “The Enemy” were all charting singles.

After touring in support of “IV” for over a year, Godsmack released a greatest hits album “Good Times, Bad Times... Ten Years of Godsmack.” The album included every Godsmack single (with the exception of "Bad Magick"), a cover of the Led Zeppelin song "Good Times Bad Times" and a DVD of the band's acoustic performance in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Their fifth studio album, titled “The Oracle,” was released in 2010. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, making it their third consecutive album to debuted at #1 on the chart, a feat that also has been accomplished by Van Halen, U2, Metallica, Dave Matthews Band, Staind, System of a Down, Disturbed, and Linkin Park. The singles, "Whiskey Hangover" and “Cryin’ Like a Bitch” went to #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart, while "Love-Hate-Sex-Pain" reached #2 and “Saints and Sinners” reached #40.